In the mid-1920s, a new trend erupted in healthcare advertising – little fairies scattered across magazine and newspaper pages designed to encourage healthy habits in children. The bathtime, vegetable-eating, and fresh air fairies have all been retired, but one remains – the beloved Tooth Fairy.
Since her inception, the Tooth Fairy has inspired joy and excitement in children who place their freshly lost teeth under their pillow at night.
August 22nd is National Tooth Fairy Day, a day all about celebrating our favorite mascot of good oral hygiene! At Klement Family Dental, we believe today is a great opportunity to use the tooth fairy to teach children more about how to care for their teeth and practice good dental habits. Check out our list of ways we suggest celebrating and try them out with your family!
Organize a Tooth Fairy Visit
If your child has recently lost a tooth, this is the perfect time for a visit from the tooth fairy. The night before she stops by, read a story about the tooth fairy with your child before bed. Creating a keepsake box with your child for them to store their tooth in overnight (instead of under their pillow) can be a fun craft and makes your job easier when it comes time to snag the lost tooth overnight.
Even if your child hasn’t lost a tooth today, the tooth fairy can still stop by for the night. Create a goody bag with a new toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss, and tie it off with some floss as ribbon and a tiny note from the tooth fairy herself. Make her visit extra magical by leaving a trail of glitter – you can even dip a tiny doll shoe in glitter to leave little footprints on your child’s windowsill or nightstand.
Reinforce Good Brushing and Flossing Techniques
Everyone knows the tooth fairy pays more for healthy teeth, right? Practice proper toothbrushing and flossing, like making sure your child brushes for two minutes every time and reaches every corner of their mouth. Use stories or songs to make this more fun for everyone!
Visit the Dentist
Make the tooth fairy proud by scheduling an appointment for a routine teeth cleaning and checkup for the whole family! While a good brushing and flossing routine at home is necessary to ensure a healthy mouth, professional cleanings are also crucial for maintaining overall oral health and preventing cavities, especially in kids.
Practice Great Oral Hygiene with Klement Family Dental
For a child, losing a tooth can be both scary and exciting. Many parents share that excitement, and sometimes the nervousness as well. If you have any questions about your child losing their teeth, their permanent teeth coming in, or if it’s time for a routine dental check-up for you and your family, call or schedule an appointment online with Klement Family Dental today!